Georgia's burn ban goes into effect today.
The ban, which lasts until Sept. 30, is enacted because of dry conditions and environmental health regulations. It's issued by the state Environmental Protection Division and covers Cobb and a number of surrounding counties.
The following types of open burning are banned:
- Leaves, tree limbs and other yard waste
- Vegetative waste from land clearing
- Burning over of forest land by the owners of the land
Outdoor fireplaces and other types of fire pits are allowed if constructed and located properly.
The state offers more information about the burn ban online.